WSR 99-07-005

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY,

TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

[ Filed March 5, 1999, 11:35 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The purpose of this review is to update references in chapter 194-22 WAC from "the Washington State Energy Office" to "the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development."

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.21F.045.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Energy Office was dissolved July 1, 1996, and these duties were transferred to the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. This rule is to establish the process by which the state of Washington and Washington state utilities will initiate and implement state-wide electric load curtailment when there is an insufficient supply of electric energy.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Military Department, Emergency Management Division. The UTC has been contacted and they are waiting on this change to accept a curtailment plan from Puget Power.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development will accept and respond to any written comments on the proposed changes.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending comments to Cory Plantenberg, P.O. Box 43173, Olympia, WA 98504-3173, phone (360) 956-2101, fax (360) 956-2108.

March 4, 1999

Jean L. Ameluxen, Director

Intergovernmental Relations

Washington State Code Reviser's Office